Interior Design is Pretentious and Overindulgent

The words in the title of this post sound so strange coming from someone who now has her heart go flitter flatter when she sees a beautiful room. But, yep, that is what I used to think alright!

As a little girl, our needs were met but there was little left for anything else. I remember a pair of inexpensive, blue curtains my mom purchased for my room from a dollar store when I was about 14 years old. I was proud of them, but at the same time, I was the child that would not allow my mind to dream of anything bigger, if it involved buying. I respected my parents for what they could do for us and felt it would be inconsiderate to ask for anything more.

Growing up, I loved to do anything that was creative, but the spark for interior design was not yet ignited.

Even as a newlywed, I still did not put much emphasis on home furnishings. Like many new couples, our home was filled with mismatched, hand-me-down furniture and used art…poorly hung at that! I actually looked at design as something pretentious and overindulgent. The truth is, I didn’t feel that I had a right to spend money in that way. I had not yet realized all of the inexpensive ways you can transform a house into a home that reflects your personality.

My first real taste of interior design came when my husband and I bought our first home in Salt Lake City. I became involved in every detail! I fell in love quickly. And, with my discovery of HGTV and a mother-in-law who happens to be in the business, I soaked up as much information as I could, and I still do.

Three homes later, I have discovered so many ways that design can be incorporated and still be only as expensive as you want it to be. I have also seen how it doesn’t have to be pretentious, but can be a physical extension of who you are and speak to what you like to be surrounded by. The creativity behind design brings me a deep satisfaction, with its cosmos of possibilities. Design can be unique and wonderful, just as each of us are uniquely and wonderfully made.

Happy Decorating!

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